If you have thin hair, you know that getting volume that looks natural is difficult. If you get too happy with the teasing brush, you might look like you’re dressing up for an ’80s throwback party, and some volumizing products can make hair dry and stiff. Luckily, there are creative ways you can make your hair appear thicker. Most people will tell you that you have to cut your hair super short to add thickness, but these medium-length haircuts for thin hair prove them wrong. With these medium-length hairstyles for thin hair, your hair will take on a new life.
Whether you’re adding a little fringe, some light layers, or a slightly angled touch to your haircut, the key to successful medium-length haircuts for thin hair is keeping the ends blunt. Too many layers will actually make the hair appear thinner, so keep the layers long and minimal. Blunt ends, with your hair ending at one spot, will keep the hair together, which creates an overall thicker look. If you have yet to crack the code on your thin hair, these medium-length haircuts could be the answer you’ve been looking for. Not too short to style and not too long to fall flat, these medium-length hairstyles for thin hair will add texture and depth to your hair.
1. Wavy Lob
Beachy, breezy waves add natural-looking texture to thin hair, and blunt ends make the hair look thicker. Keep the dimension up with a bit of volumizing spray.
2. Curtain Bangs
Retro curtain bangs are back and better than ever. Since they split to the side, curtain bangs add texture to your overall look, instead of sitting flat on your forehead.
3. Asymmetrical Lob
An asymmetrical cut that’s slightly longer on your dominant side is modern, fun, and keeps the eyes up front, making your hair appear thicker. Just be sure your stylist goes subtle—too much of a contrast and it will look like a total faux pas.
4. Blunt Cut with Balayage
Sometimes, it’s not the cut that can add depth to your hair, it’s the color. A blunt cut keeps the ends clean, but seamless balayage coloring gives the hair so much more dimension.
5. New Shag
Shags are back in a modern, boho way. Light, wispy fringe and beachy waves make this look texturized.
6. Lob with Light Layers
With thin hair, you always want to keep the ends blunt, but several (not too many!) light layers can add tons of texture. A long face-framing layer is flattering and doesn’t require the commitment that bangs do.
7. Deep Side Part
A deep side part adds instant volume, especially when paired with a volumizing mousse and a hint of teasing—not too much, though.
8. A-Line Lob
An angled lob can help make your hair appear thicker, since it’s slightly shorter in the back than the front. This angled lob should be subtle, though.
9. Soft Layers and Highlights
Soft, feathery layers and seamless highlights add a double dose of texture and “oomph” to thin hair. Light layering, with several face-framing portions, draws the eyes forward and creates more depth, and highlighting adds dimension throughout. Use a beach spray for waves that hold.
10. Wispy Bangs
With thin hair, you don’t want to commit to straight-across bangs that will fall flat. Instead, opt for wispy, textured fringe.
11. Flipped-Under Ends
Curled-under ends add retro glam to any blunt cut, and they’ve been on red carpets everywhere lately.
12. Side Swept Bangs
Although side-swept bangs can look dated, pair them with blunt ends and no layers for a fresh, modern look.
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Article written by Mary Shannon Wells for Southern Living